President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias held Friday a tete- a -tete meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The meeting, which was held upon a request by the German Chancellor, took place before the commencement of the deliberations of the second day of the European Council Summit, here in Brussels.

During the meeting, Merkel wished every success to the upcoming Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU and expressed Berlin`s readiness to stand by Nicosia and offer its help where needed.

According to reliable sources, the German Chancellor expressed her discontent as regards Turkey’s stance towards the Republic of Cyprus and more specifically towards the role of the Presidency of the Council, which is a fundamental institutional feature of the EU.

CNA has learnt that Merkel asked to be informed about Cyprus` main priorities during its six monthly rotating EU Presidency. President Christofias stressed that Cyprus would seek cooperation with all its partners, working as an honest broker without any hidden agenda.

President Christofias placed emphasis on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 – 2020, saying that the Cyprus EU Presidency would do its utmost to have negotiations proceed on time. He also referred to Cyprus` priorities as regards social cohesion, growth, the Common Agriculture Policy and the South Neighborhood Policy.

The German Chancellor told President Christofias that for Germany it is important to have the MFF be concluded on time.

In addition, she asked to be informed about the Cyprus issue. President Christofias informed her about the latest developments as regards Cyprus` national problem.

The Republic of Cyprus will assume its first EU Presidency on July 1st. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and since then occupy 37% of Cyprus` territory. Turkey is the only country in the world which does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus. Despite that, Turkey began accession negotiations with the EU. In the EU – Turkey negotiation framework it is clearly stated that Turkey must contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem and normalize its relations with Cyprus.

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